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Columbia Central suspends football practice due to COVID-19 case

Special to SM-TN Sports

Maury County Public Schools Athletic Director Chris Poynter and Columbia Central football coach Jason Hoath have suspended football practice due to a recent Covid-19 case.

On Saturday, June 13, Hoath was contacted by a parent with concerns about one of the CHS Football players having direct contact with someone who has Covid-19. As a precautionary measure, football practice was canceled by staff, coaches, and the athletic director for Monday, June 15, pending the test results of the student athlete. 

Test results came in late Sunday evening from the student athlete who was in contact, that he tested positive for Covid-19. With this new information, football practice was immediately suspended until after the TSSAA mandated Dead Period, currently from June 21 to July 5.

This will allow more than the 14 days of quarantine recommended by the CDC. The locker rooms and training facilities have been thoroughly cleaned allowing other sports teams to continue their athletic practices. 

The guidelines for return to athletics and band help keep student athletes and band members safe by implementing social distancing, requiring masks, and daily temperature checks, among other safety measures. Masks are required when social distance requirements are compromised. Every effort was taken to ensure the health and safety of student athletes and band members. Each day coaches and staff inquire how the student athletes and band members feel and are directed to send them home should they believe they acted or looked ill or had a temperature above 100.4. 

MCPS Athletic Department has notified leaders, students, and families while maintaining confidentiality that a participant has developed Covid-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a sports related activity. MCPS is dedicated to keeping our school community updated whenever there is a positive case of Covid-19, while at the same time keeping all names confidential, and would appreciate everyone respecting the privacy of any individuals involved. Details of the student athletes and band return to practice guidelines can be found under the Students/Parents, Pupil Services, District Athletics and Arts page at mauryk12.org

Martin Methodist tabs Lenoir for volleyball head coach

PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain officially announced the hiring of Jackson Lenoir as Volleyball Head Coach Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson Lenoir (Photo courtesy of Martin Methodist)

Lenoir comes to Martin Methodist with over six years of coaching experience at the collegiate and club levels. Most recently, Lenoir served as interim head coach at NCAA Division II Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Lenoir spent two seasons with the Bucs as assistant coach before serving as the interim earlier in 2020.

“We are very excited to announce Jackson Lenoir as our new volleyball coach,” Bain said. “We had over 30 candidates apply and Coach Lenoir was our clear choice from the start of the process. Jackson checks off all the boxes that we had set for our goals, which were region and state familiarity, a high visible energy to lead and recruit, a strong volleyball background, and an established history of character and leadership. Jackson is someone who has a unique blend of volleyball success that can also relate to today’s generation. We look forward to helping Jackson launch his head coaching career while giving him the tools that he needs to be successful.”

Prior to his time at CBU, Lenoir served as graduate assistant at NAIA Briar Cliff (Iowa), where he helped coach a total of nine all-conference players between the men and women’s programs. Lenoir also helped coach an AVCA All-American during his time at Briar Cliff.

Lenoir also served as student assistant coach at NAIA Milligan (Tenn.), where he helped guide the women’s volleyball program to its respective conference tournament title match in 2015.

Lenoir has also coached several high-profile club teams, including Midwest Volleyball Power, the premier club team in Sioux City, Iowa.

Lenoir replaces Alison Williams, who resigned last month after she was named head coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tennessee.

We look forward to helping Jackson launch his head coaching career while giving him the tools that he needs to be successful.”

Prior to his time at CBU, Lenoir served as graduate assistant at NAIA Briar Cliff (Iowa), where he helped coach a total of nine all-conference players between the men and women’s programs. Lenoir also helped coach an AVCA All-American during his time at Briar Cliff.

Lenoir also served as student assistant coach at NAIA Milligan (Tenn.), where he helped guide the women’s volleyball program to its respective conference tournament title match in 2015.

Lenoir has also coached several high-profile club teams, including Midwest Volleyball Power, the premier club team in Sioux City, Iowa.

Lenoir replaces Alison Williams, who resigned last month after she was named head coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Both of Jackson’s parents played at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His father played football and his mother played volleyball and was an All-SEC standout with records still standing today. Jackson’s brother, Bailey, was an All-SOCON selection in football at UT-Chattanooga. Jackson’s sister, Emma, was a member of the Christian Brothers volleyball team, where she holds the school record for kills. In 2019, Emma was the NCAA Division II active career kills leader.

Lenoir received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Milligan College in 2016 and his Master of Arts in Sports Management from Briar Cliff University in 2018. He is currently an MBA candidate at Christian Brothers.

Lenoir is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, but looks forward to relocating to the Pulaski area in the coming months.